Was Bradbury prescient?
To help you better understand today’s “Pearls Before Swine,” here are three definitions:
Hedonistic – devoted to pursuit of pleasure; self-indulgent
Anti-intellectual – opposed to the pursuit of advanced knowledge
Science fiction – futuristic fiction based on innovations in science and/or technology
Famous “sci fi” writers include Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, as well as:
Isaac Asimov – “Foundation” series
Orson Scott Card – “Ender’s Game” series
Robert Heinlein - Stranger in a Strange Land
Douglas Adams – “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series
Frank Herbert – “Dune” series
Arthur C. Clarke - 2001: A Space Odyssey
H.G. Wells – The Time Machine
Was Bradbury prescient? (Prescient means knowing something before it happens.) Are we as a society devoting more time to self-indulgence and less time to improving our minds through reading and other academic pursuits? Is there a serious message within this funny comic strip?
Is my bias showing? Probably!